When reading short stories, the authors need to draw you in quick to make their story successful. Reading stories that fail do this lack something, but what is it? Personally I feel that two characteristics that make stories successful are; the writers ability to make us envision the setting and to go beyond the five senses and use body language. First of all if you do not envision the setting then how do you really get in to the story? It would be like watching television with no picture. Furthermore if you can connect and make the characters unforgettable then you will have a successful short story. The setting I feel Is one if not the biggest part of the making a short story successful. If you cannot make the reader feel that they are in the story then you have little chance to be successful. Charlotte Perkins dose this in her story Yellow Walls. She gives a description of the house, “ A Colonial mansion a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house and a reach the height of romance felicity.” She also gets on to describe the landscaping, “ there are hedges and walls and gates that lock and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people. Characters make up every story, as a writer you need to try and make the reader connect with the characters and make them become unforgettable. James Baldwin uses this in Sonny’s Blues while describing a couple characters. He starts with Sonny’s friend, “He was sort of shaking, his head and his eyes looked…
In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Conner tells how a family’s vacation comes to a tragic end in the hands of a dangerous criminal called The Misfit. The ironic title indicates that men are hard to find due to their chauvinistic, short-tempered, and arrogant behaviors. However a controversial ending with the grandmother and the Misfit reveals a redemption scene which entails the behavior of woman. The women, including a girl, in this short story have patriarchal views of…
the story to be in. the setting my change many time or never. Through the setting the author is able to create and control the mood of the story. In the short story “a jury of her peers” by Susan Glaspell, the setting is in the time period when women were beginning there fighting for equality. The second short story is “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck, the main character is attached with the changing settings. The settings of these two stories show how setting can be a part of the story or…
Revised English 112 Assignment Information
Assignments and their Percentage of Final Grade:
Research paper – 30%
Attendance and Participation – 20%
Small Assignment 1 – 10%
Small Assignment 2 – 5%
Small Assignment 3 – 5%
Small Assignment 4 – 10%
Small Assignment 5 – 20%
Detailed Assignment List and Descriptions
Small Assignment 1 – Done in class
Choose five of eight questions about short stories
1) The “worst date night ever” scene in Red Dragon is very disturbing, from…
BY JOHN O'CONNOR and DAVID STOUCK Special to The Globe and Mail JAMES Sinclair Ross, Canadian novelist and short story writer, has died in Vancouver at age 88. Best known for his novel As For Me and My House and his short stories such as The Lamp at Noon and The Painted Door, Ross came to be identified as the pre-eminent chronicler of Western Canada in the Great Depression.
"As For Me and My House remains one of the major texts of Canada's literary culture," David Staines, editor of…
I woke up to a bang, as someone opened a door. I heard several footsteps coming towards me. I sat up and waited for those to approach me. Finally, a few men stopped in front of my cell.
“Jason Webster?” the man in the front asked. He was on the short side, maybe 5’ 6” with tussled black hair, barely touching his shoulders and a small beard. He wore a fancy three piece suit, with a dark blue tie.
“Yeah,” I replied.
“You’re free to go.” Surprised, I didn’t have a response. “Come,” he said.…
Elements of Short Stories
This includes the:
time (of day and year/season)
time period (early 1700’s)
place of a story (where in the world, country, village, home, room).
It helps establish the background, the plot, and can tell you a lot about
the characters who inhabit it
Task: Read the story following and create a description for the setting.
• Plot refers to events of a story. Every story has to
have things “happen” in order for it to be
• Usually the plot introduces…
instinctiveness. Human survive on it. In the short story “The Large Ant” by Howard Fast, Fast illustrates surviving on instinct when he shows that humans are naturally violent, that the government will do anything to survive and that Morgan kills without hesitation.
A large percent of people crave violence and that’s solely an instinctive trait. Howard Fast does an excellent job at illustrating this throughout the short story “The Large Ant.”. The story takes place in Cold War Era USA during a time…
In the short story " Vitamins," the story is narrated in the first person and begins with the
narrator (unnamed) telling the reader first about his nothing job at the hospital and then about his
wife Patti’s job. Patti sells vitamins door to door and very early on the reader learns that Patti is
struggling in her job. She is the team leader for a group of girls but many of them don’t stay in
the job very long, some even leaving after a few hours of work, Carver highlighting to the reader
Offshore Pirate and Young Goodman Brown Analysis
The story The Offshore Pirate by Scott Fitzgerald explores the life of a spoiled woman by the name Ardita Farnam who is in her early years. She is in a trip to Florida accompanied by her uncle. However, the offshore pirates capture their boat. This leads to a love affair between the woman and the captain. The second story Young Goodman Brown is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The narration takes place in the 17th century…
Meaningful and Exceptional Stories
“Short fiction seems more targeted- hand grenades of idea, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them.” This is a powerful statement said by Paolo Bacigalupi. One reason I truly enjoy reading short stories is because they quickly convey important messages. Many I have read not only are interesting and unique but also teach moral lessons. In this short story unit, I have read countless short stories that I thoroughly had a pleasure…